Greetings Duke community,
Iâm Ross Wade, a new assistant director at the Career Center; my portfolio area is media, arts and entertainment, and Iâm so excited to join such an excellent team of career professionals!
Iâm a Bull City native, and I love all things Durham! Prior to becoming a career counselor I lived in Chicago, New York City, and Raleigh where I worked in a variety of media industries including documentary, television, digital media, and strategic communications. You may have seen me on Law and Orderâ¦okay, probably notâ¦I was just a production assistant asked to step in as âatmosphereâ (an extra) for a single episode (I played a hobo)â¦but I rocked it!
For more information about my professional background, check me out on LinkedIn. When Iâm not working with students, I enjoy documenting Durham via Instagram and writing/blogging on career development issues for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) blog and for my personal blog. Did I mention Iâm a social media geek?
(Downtown Durham â Ross Wade)
I thought Iâd share with all of you some of my favorite art/media/nerd-out!/career-related resources (blogs, videos, etc.), so yâall can get a better idea of my career counseling philosophy and point of view - maybe some of you will enjoy and/or find meaning in these resources as well.
#1 â Ira Glass on storytelling. This is a short, two-minute, video of Ira Glass discussing the process of beginning a creative career (or anything creative). It is inspiring and reminds us that it takes time and persistence to grow a skill. Check out the video here.
#2 â Brain Pickings Blog. This is my favorite blog. If you are unfamiliar with this blog and Maria Popova you are in for a treat! Popova describes her blog as âa cross-disciplinary LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces spanning art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and more; pieces that enrich your mental pool of resources and empower combinatorial ideas that are stronger, smarter, richer, deeper and more impactful.â Check it out here.
#3 â Everything is a Remix. Kirby Fergusonâs website is fantastic with a video series on how life and innovation is nothing but a series of remixes. The remix formula? Copy + transform + combine. I love this idea because it reflects the importance of a liberal arts education and learning through experience (like internships!). Learn (college), then practice (experiential learning), then create and innovate (make your mark on the world!). Check out Fergusonâs website here.
#4 â 99U. Based on Thomas Edisonâs quote, âGenius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspirationâ 99U posts content to provide the âmissing curriculumâ to make ideas happen. Interested in career issues, innovation, achievement, and dealing with failure, along with a gazillion other interesting topics? Check out this killer website.
As you can probably tell, Iâm big on interdisciplinary learning - just like Duke University (e.g. Duke STEAM Challenge, Bass Connections).
My favorite career advice? I read it on Brain Pickings; Hunter S. Thompsonâs thoughts on purpose and living a meaningful life ââ¦look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living within that way of life.â
Iâm looking forward to seeing you at various Duke arts/media/entertainment activities, AND at the Career Center. To schedule an appointment with me, or any of the other career counselors, call the Career Center front desk at 919-660-1050.